Chinese market’s demand for crossovers and SUVs will be tested at the Shanghai Auto Show from April 21 to 29 as this event will mark the global debut of models by Acura, BMW, Citroen, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Jeep. Automakers will be competing fiercely for China’s crossover sales as its growth rate has fallen to single digits.
The German automakers are particularly keen on launching compact crossovers in order to expand beyond the stretched sedans that have taken over China's luxury market. So far, we found out that the vehicles that will be introduced at this show include the following. Honda has unveiled a sketch of the Acura concept crossover that will be launched globally.
Audi A3 compact sedan was presented to journalists in New York last month but its official public debut will be in Shanghai. The sedan is targeted to capture the attention of China's high-earning young urban professionals. BMW will be displaying its X4 crossover concept in Shanghai while its production version will make its debut at the Frankfurt auto show this September.
The X4 – a sportier version of the X3 – is expected to feature a lower roofline and coupe styling. It is meant for younger customers who want vehicles that are more stylish and are will to pay a higher price for it. Buick will have its global debut of its concept car at the show. No details have been released. BYD will be bringing the new Sirui compact to Shanghai.
With a price tag of $24,194, this is its most expensive gasoline-powered model yet. Powering the Sirui is a turbocharged 1.5-liter direct-injection engine with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Citroen will introduce the Wild Rubis concept for an upmarket DS-badged crossover. Its DS line is expected to attract rich Chinese customers. This line was launched in China in 2012 with its own exclusive sales network.
The front-end design of the BMW X4 Concept radiates trademark BMW dynamics and the sturdy resolution and charisma of a BMW X model in identical amount. Quintessential BMW qualities like the kidney grille and modish twin round headlights grant the front end a clear-cut character and guarantee that it stands out as a BMW the first time you look at it.
BMW X4 Concept showers both these front-end visual symbols with scrupulous detail and three-dimensional depth. The huge kidney grille expands within a solid-looking surround. The high-gloss frame is vacant to the sides and at its lower extreme, giving it a nearly "floating" look in the center of the front end. The grille highlights noticeably sculptured bars with ultra-stylish designing. The hollowed out, high-gloss black bars have a granulated lower third with a matte covering, which gives the kidney structure additional visual depth. Furthermore, the grille likewise involves extra air apertures to guarantee an extended supply of cooling air to the engine.
The kidney grille is flanked by dynamically contoured full-LED headlights. Inside the light units, a gliding, hexagonal rendition of the trademark BMW twin circular appearance focuses to a steady concentration on the road ahead. The horizontal continuation of the inner light components generates a graphical association with the grille, highlighting again the width of the front end.